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Meghan Markle's wedding dress designer reveals what it was like working with royal bride

Clare Waight Keller reflects on Meghan and Prince Harry as "incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous"

Bridie Wilkins

Clare Waight Keller made history when she was unveiled as the designer behind Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress and now, Clare has opened up about her experience working with Meghan, as well as exactly what happened in the days leading up to the ceremony.

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"Two years ago today, I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress," Clare wrote on Instagram this morning. "So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day. A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as a woman artist, creator, there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Royal Wedding Dress - Two years ago today I was in the final fittings for a very secret dress. So many emotions were running through me during those months leading up to the big day. A wedding dress is one of the most exquisite and beautiful moments for a designer, but also personally as an woman artist, creator there is a lot of sensitivity that flows through the process from the knowledge and understanding of the feelings that you have as a bride. It’s a unique point of view when you have been through it yourself, as I did at my wedding to my beloved husband 20 years ago, you remember every moment so clearly and realise the significance of every detail and decision. In so many ways you are capturing dreams, that as a girl and as you become a woman you will have been thinking about for years. Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy. Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together. Purity and simplicity were the guiding principles, a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty i knew she wanted to achieve. It was obvious the significance of this occasion was more than any other, it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and grooms heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous. Here are some of those moments from the day. @givenchyofficial #hautecouture #sussexroyal #meghanmarkle #royalwedding

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Taking on such a huge responsibility as part of the royal wedding required Clare to put herself in Meghan's shoes.

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"Learning to let go of my emotions and embrace the feelings of someone you are designing for brings about an incredibly beautiful relationship of trust and intimacy," she added. "Through hours of conversation, meetings together, and research, slowly all the pieces of that story came together."

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Meghan Markle wore a gown designed by Clare Waight Keller, formerly of Givenchy

As for the brief provided by then bride-to-be Meghan, Clare recalls "purity and simplicity" as "the guiding principles", besides "a narrative of nature through the 53 florals of the Commonwealth to bring the world into the journey of the ceremony and subtlety bringing the lines of Givenchy and the history of the Maison to capture the classical timeless beauty I knew she wanted to achieve."

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Clare says "the significance of this occasion was more than any other, it would be a very personal ceremony with so many choices that would reflect both the bride and groom's heritage and their unique way of being incredibly inclusive, genuine and generous."

Last year, on the anniversary of the royal wedding, Clare also reflected on her memory of the big day, a day and an event in her life she "will never forget".  

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